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'People's History' Film Project Draws Stars, Drama

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'People's History' Film Project Draws Stars, Drama

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'People's History' Film Project Draws Stars, Drama

'People's History' Film Project Draws Stars, Drama

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Howard Zinn's book A People's History of the United States presents another side of history — telling the stories of those whose voices weren't heard in traditional history textbooks. Since it was first published in 1980, the book has grown in popularity.

Filming has begun for an adaptation called The People Speak, and Hollywood stars involved in the project include Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, Marisa Tomei, David Straithairn and Danny Glover. Zinn himself will host the four-part miniseries. But the producers haven't found a home for the film, and not everyone is happy with Zinn's view of history.

Andrea Shea reports from WBUR in Boston.